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The college is committed to mitigating its impact on the environment by reducing its consumption of fossil fuels and helping to engage its community and raise awareness of environmental issues.

We are working as a college to address our carbon footprint and help to address the climate change agenda. NWSLC has drawn up a Sustainable Development Action Plan that outlines its core principles and goals that are embedded in activities across the college from curriculum planning to transport and waste management.

We aim to:

• Reduce our consumption of fossil fuels
• Support the Student Green Council
• Raise awareness of the green agenda amongst our students
• Engage pre-school children in our nurseries on the importance of protecting the natural environment
• Develop volunteering opportunities with local environmental community organisations.

On college sites, several measures are being rolled out to reduce the carbon footprint of NWSLC, with updates being reported to colleagues through regular communications on the college’s energy consumption and progress against waste management targets including the reduction of single use plastic on its campuses, and its ambition of maintaining the waste it sends to landfill at zero.

A biomass heating system has been reintroduced to heat our Hinckley and Wigston Campuses, helping to reduce dependence on gas consumption, significantly reducing its carbon footprint. College buildings are being improved with the installation of LED and sensor-controlled lighting.

The college has made a commitment to replacing its vehicles with electric or hybrid alternatives as leases expire. NWSLC is also committed to promoting the use of bicycles, car sharing and public transport (once lockdown restrictions have ended) and enhanced video conferencing capability is reducing the need for travel between sites.

Our key measurable targets:

• To reduce utility costs by 25 per cent by 2024
• To reduce travel costs by 25 per cent by 2024
• To continue sending zero per cent of main waste streams to landfill
• To reduce paper consumption by 25 per cent by 2024
• To remove single use plastic from all campuses by 2026
• To achieve a B+ rating for all Display Energy Certificates by 2026
• To ensure that all leased fleet vehicles are electric or hybrid by 2026.

You can always get in touch with us, using this contact form, if you want to discover more about our commitment.

You can find our streamlined energy and carbon report here.